Steve Miller Scolds Hall of Fame Bosses for Lack of Respect
Steve Miller launched into a rant at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame organizers for disrespecting artists backstage at the ceremony on Friday.
The “Fly Like An Eagle” singer was inducted into the institution alongside N.W.A., Deep Purple, Chicago and Cheap Trick at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, and rather than celebrate the honor with reporters backstage, Miller took aim at the event’s organizers, claiming he almost didn’t come because of the way they had treated him.
“The whole process needs to be changed from the top to the bottom,” Miller said. “They need to respect the artists they say they’re honoring, but they don’t.”
He claimed Hall of Fame bosses charge inductees thousands of dollars to attend, and alleged they gave him only two tickets to the event for him and his wife. When he asked for more seats for his band’s family, the organizers asked for more money.
“I said, ‘I’m playing here, what about my band, what about their wives?'” he said. “They make this so unpleasant…”
A press officer tried to “wrap things up” and usher him off the press room stage, but Miller refused to finish his tirade, saying, “I’m gonna wrap you up.”
“No, we’re not going to wrap this up,” he continued. “Here’s what you need to know: This is how close this show came to not happening because of how the artists are being treated right now…”
He then said, “I’ll wrap it up,” before walking off the stage.
Hall of Fame executives have since issued a statement about Miller’s rant, which reads, “Rock and roll can ignite many opinions. It’s what makes it so great. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was honored to induct Steve Miller tonight and congratulates him.”